Early Thonet Folding Chair, Vienna c.1890
An early Gebruder Thonet folding chair, designed by Michael Thonet 1866. This example probably brought to Australia in the late 19th or early 20th century.
Due to lack of availablity of professional repair and original materials in Australia during the early 1900s, the seat has been ingeniously rewoven using a flax (linen) cord and the chair, including repaired seat, then painted.
Presented as found. The adaptation of the seat with flax cord is an excellent example of the ingenuity shown by immigrants and settlers in the late 19th and early 20th century in Australia.
Structurally sound and comfortable as is. Not in danger of falling apart if you want to sit in it.
Other such examples are held in the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, MOMA New York and museum collections worldwide.
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